Biz Stone
Chrysi Philalithes

Biz Stone & Chrysi Philalithes

(RED) Ambassador, Co-founder of Twitter & Jelly Industries. Chief Digital Strategist (RED)

THIS CHAT HAPPENED ON December 01, 2016

Discussion

Biz Stone
Biz Stone@biz · Co-founder and CEO
Hi Product Hunters. December first is World AIDS Day. I have been working with Product (RED) for more than a decade. (It’s one of the reasons Bono invested in my latest startup, Jelly.) I’d like to chat about achieving an AIDS free generation. As an official (RED) Ambassador, I’ve been helping to spread the word for years. One of the first big things I did for (RED) was turn all of Twitter the color red on World Aids Day. That was a long time ago when I was still the pixel-pusher. I’m expecting questions about companies I’ve founded — most notably Twitter, Medium, and Jelly. (I doubt anyone will want to ask about my first startup, Xanga unless they are truly old school.) However, we want to keep this chat to the subject of World Aids Day if possible. Thanks! Biz Stone, Co-founder and CEO Jelly Industries, Inc. Hi Folks, I’m web 1.0. First start up in 2000 – founding team member of Espotting, Europe’s first paid search network. Yep, before the days of AdWords! We built Espotting to 250 people across 8 European countries before exiting for around $200 million. Came to (RED) 8 years ago with the belief that social media should be used for social good. Biz & the Twitter team were the first to say ‘yes’ to our crazy ideas of doing digital firsts – they turned the whole of Twitter (RED) – literally! And from there (RED) became the first non profit to reach over 1 million on both Facebook & Twitter, we raised $3MM with Snapchat last year with their first global filter for good and yesterday we launched Games for (RED) exclusively on the App Store with (RED)’s flagship partner Apple. (RED) is 10 years old this year. We’ve raised over $360 MILLION. 100% goes to fight AIDS. We put innovation and creativity at our core. We work like a start-up – there are just 20 people at (RED). Our digital mantra….in 140 characters of course: ‘Dialogue not monologue. Participation not promotion. Leading not following. Empowering not excluding. Inspiring not forcing.’ Chrysi Philalithes Chief Digital Strategist (RED)
Biz Stone
Biz Stone@biz · Co-founder and CEO
Hi Everyone! Thanks for being here.
Stuart Campbell
Stuart Campbell@rhizaboveit · CEO and Co-Founder of Rhiz
@biz @chrysi Thanks for doing this today. Best of luck with (Red)!
Biz Stone
Biz Stone@biz · Co-founder and CEO
Okay, time to get back to work on askjelly.com. Thanks everyone who joined this chat. Remember, Shop (RED) save lives! I’m getting some of those S’well (RED) bottles at red.org. Gotta stay hydrated.
Chrysi Philalithes
Chrysi Philalithes@chrysi · Chief Digital Strategist (RED)
@biz Thanks everyone for joining our Live Chat! And thank you Product Hunt!
Emily Snowdon (née Hodgins)
Emily Snowdon (née Hodgins)@emilyjsnowdon · Operations @ Product Hunt
@chrysi @biz huge thanks to you both for getting through so many of our varied questions! 😻
Chrysi Philalithes
Chrysi Philalithes@chrysi · Chief Digital Strategist (RED)
@ems_hodge @biz thanks for having us! It was great fun!
Oscar
Oscar@oss8 · Economist by training but techy by heart
Hi Biz and thanks for the time! What'd be your top advice as co-founder / CEO when projects start turning sour and meeting the goals is at risk?
Pierre-Marie Galite
Pierre-Marie Galite@tsunaze · mobile developer & advice giver
Hey Biz, thanks for the Live : 1. If you could talk to your 10 years younger self about RED, what would you say? (Same question for Chrysi) 2. You worked on companies that is all about community, how do you build a community?
Biz Stone
Biz Stone@biz · Co-founder and CEO
@tsunaze Hi Pierre, 10 years ago when I saw (RED) emerge, I LOVED the idea of a non-profit that was doing it the right way. So I'd probably say to myself, the same thing I said then. "This is awesome, how can I help?"
Biz Stone
Biz Stone@biz · Co-founder and CEO
@tsunaze Regarding building community, it's tough. But, if you can manage to communicate abundantly, share a lot, and build tools that allow people to "see" each other or "find" each other networks will grow. You have to tend to them like a garden though because they can grow wrong if you don't.
Taufiq Husain
Taufiq Husain@taufiqhusainca · Managing Director at Polar Hills.
I have questions for you both. Biz: If you could be the Founder or CEO of any company aside from your own companies today, which would it be? Why? Chrysi: Why did you personally choose to work with (RED) of all the social issues plaguing the world? Any personal story behind it? Thanks!
Biz Stone
Biz Stone@biz · Co-founder and CEO
@taufiqhusainca Hey taufiq, I hadn't thought of another company I would be CEO of but since you asked, maybe Coca-Cola. The reason being, they have the world's most impressive distribution service—they could, for example, deliver the WFP One Red Cup to kids all around the world.
Chrysi Philalithes
Chrysi Philalithes@chrysi · Chief Digital Strategist (RED)
@taufiqhusainca Hi! Thanks for asking. 10 years ago I saw Bono launch (RED) on Oprah and fell in love with the (RED) model. (RED) was changing the game with how brands approached philanthropy - it was re-inventing it. And as a marketer I fell in love with the model - it made business sense and (RED) was putting creativity and innovation at it's heart.
Biz Stone
Biz Stone@biz · Co-founder and CEO
@taufiqhusainca Also, Coke is a (RED) partner. Check out my piece, on Coke. https://medium.com/armchair-ceo/...
Biz Stone
Biz Stone@biz · Co-founder and CEO
@taufiqhusainca Another thing, I love working with (RED) because we can achieve an AIDS free generation in my lifetime. However, it's not the only social issue I have dedicated time and resources to. Donorschoose.org is another of my fav's.
Ayrton De Craene
Ayrton De Craene@ayrton · Code @ Clearbit
Biz, how has your experience in tech been utilised to help grow (RED)s profile?
Biz Stone
Biz Stone@biz · Co-founder and CEO
@ayrton One big thing I did back in the day was turn all of Twitter the color red for World AIDS day. I believe it was 2009 when I was still designing product and pushing pixels.
Chrysi Philalithes
Chrysi Philalithes@chrysi · Chief Digital Strategist (RED)
@biz @ayrton Big. It was huge! Biz & the Twitter team put (RED) on the social media map.
Devansh Trivedi
Devansh Trivedi@d3v4n5h · Entrepreneur, Fqwerty.co
How did you find cofounders? And how long did it take?
Pradeep Sharma
Pradeep Sharma@pradeep_io · Serial techpreneur, developer, reader
Hi Biz! There are always ups and downs in life. What do you do when you feel down? What are your sources of inspiration?
Andrew Ettinger
Andrew Ettinger@ettinger · 👟 @wearAtoms // ex @Twitter @ProductHunt
What can startup founders learn from (RED)’s success a relatively small, but mighty charity?
Chrysi Philalithes
Chrysi Philalithes@chrysi · Chief Digital Strategist (RED)
@andrewett (RED) is like a start up - we're just 20 people! Be focused. Drive impact. It's not about having limited resources. It's about having great ideas.
Ayrton De Craene
Ayrton De Craene@ayrton · Code @ Clearbit
Will you ever turn Twitter red again? How did that happen and what was the overall impact?
Theoharis Dimarhos
Theoharis Dimarhos@theo_dimarhos · Marketing+Biz Dev at AngelouEconomics
Hey Biz and Chrysi! Thanks for taking the time. What have been the most effective messages to mobilize people to participate/share/donate to the cause? Also, what doesn't work?
Chrysi Philalithes
Chrysi Philalithes@chrysi · Chief Digital Strategist (RED)
@theo_dimarhos Thanks for joining! For (RED) we try to inspire people to want them to take part and give them easy and fun ways to get involved doing the things they already love doing - shopping, gaming, eating!
Joshua Talley
Joshua Talley@joshuatalley · Sales Operations Manager, Grundfos
I haven't seen the same kind of push for (RED) on Android as I have on iOS. Given that a large part of the world uses Android, is there an opportunity here for education as well as participation?
Paul Duplantis
Paul Duplantis@paulduplantis
I personally believe the best course for solving any major problem (AIDS) is the dissemination and sharing of knowledge. What are the top 3 tools you see online for helping to crowdsource knowledge?
Biz Stone
Biz Stone@biz · Co-founder and CEO
@paulduplantis Hey Paul, I totally agree. Every company I have helped build or founded, Xanga, Blogger, Twitter, Medium, and now Jelly are about removing the friction of sharing and disseminating knowledge in one form or another.
Biz Stone
Biz Stone@biz · Co-founder and CEO
@paulduplantis There's unlikely a "top 3" because all platforms have the potential to be powerful in this way. YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, Pinterest, Instagram, etc.
Paul Duplantis
Paul Duplantis@paulduplantis
@biz True. I imagine it is more about the application of the platform than anything else. Interesting article on crowdsourcing on mobile devices to identify cancer cells. I wish we could see more of this on all platforms.http://scienceblog.cancerresearc...
Selene
Selene@seyvar · data analyst, datadotworld
It seems to me that (RED) is a born digital non-profit.... Can you talk about how your presence in social media has helped folks that would not normally/historically participate in philanthropy contribute to your organization?
Chrysi Philalithes
Chrysi Philalithes@chrysi · Chief Digital Strategist (RED)
@seyvar I love this question. Thank you for asking! Biz & I talk about how both Twitter and (RED) were born the same year - 2006! Social media is so powerful in raising awareness, keep heat on this issue, and inspire people to act. We saw that when Biz, Jack & Ev turned Twitter (RED). Last year we raised $3MM with Snapchat's first ever global filter with the Gates Foundation. And just yesterday we launched Games for (RED) - exclusively on the App Store - 20 of the most beloved games have turned (RED) with 100% proceeds going to fight AIDS. We're reaching people we may not otherwise reach.
Bryna Corcoran
Bryna Corcoran@brynatweets · VP, Digital Marketing
I have many research scientists in my network. Budgets, like those from the NIH, have been drastically slashed over the last 20 years and they will likely continue to be gutted under a Republican President. Many of these brilliant folks are becoming discouraged, and many are seeking new professions (i.e. becoming teaching professors, moving to biotech, marketing, abandoning bench science altogether). How can we stop the talent from bleeding so we can continue to march towards a cure for diseases like Aids?
Bret Gladfelty
Bret Gladfelty@bglad · Macroeconomic Analyst & Wordpress Guru
Hi Biz & Chrysi! Thanks for joining! My first question is for Chrysi and the second is for Biz. 1. President Obama tweeted today "Today, we honor those who are leading the fight against HIV/AIDS. Because of them, an AIDS-free generation is now within our reach." Are we really in reach? And if we are in reach of an AIDS-free generation, what is the 2nd most important health issue/s for the LGBTQ Community? 2. Biz, I am working on developing a new social app. Imagine you could go back 16 years ago and give yourself a mantra, what would it be? Thank you in advance!
Chrysi Philalithes
Chrysi Philalithes@chrysi · Chief Digital Strategist (RED)
@bglad President Obama is 100% right. When we talk about an AIDS Free Generation we are referring to ending the transmission of HIV from mums to their babies. Here are the facts. 10 years ago, 1200 babies were born with HIV every day. Today 400 babies are born with HIV every day. We can get that close to zero by 2020. Imagine that! In just a few years we can make sure a generation is born HIV free. What does it take to do that? Getting HIV+ pregnant women access to medicine. Medicine that now costs 30 cents a day in sub-Saharan Africa. And if we do achieve an AIDS Free Generation by 2020 then we would have hit one of the milestones to ending AIDS by 2030. That's the opportunity we all have. But we're at risk of not achieving those goals unless we act now. Thanks for asking your great question.
Jack Dweck
Jack Dweck@jackdweck · Product Manager at Unroll.Me
Hi Biz! I was an active Jelly user when it first launched a couple of years back. What are some of the biggest lessons you learned from its failure and what prompted the decision to work on Jelly 2.0?
Biz Stone
Biz Stone@biz · Co-founder and CEO
@jackdweck We learned big lessons and took an entirely new approach for askjelly.com. Asking anonymously was key. (Imagine if your Google searches where also your Tweets!) Lots of other lessons learned as well. Jelly 2.0 is working and can scale.
Hi Biz, thank you for taking your time answering our questions. Was there anything you would make different if you would launch twitter a second time? And: Why 140? Did any research go into that decision? Psychological research? Why not 130 or 150? Was it just random?
Stuart Campbell
Stuart Campbell@rhizaboveit · CEO and Co-Founder of Rhiz
@joonas_d, @biz can elaborate but it was the SMS limit. Twitter we know was a bit of a pivot, yeah? http://www.adweek.com/socialtime...
Emily Snowdon (née Hodgins)
Emily Snowdon (née Hodgins)@emilyjsnowdon · Operations @ Product Hunt
Hi Biz and Chrysi thanks for joining us today. What are some of the ways people can get involved with supporting (RED)?
Chrysi Philalithes
Chrysi Philalithes@chrysi · Chief Digital Strategist (RED)
@ems_hodge There are SO many fun and easy ways to get involved. Here are just 3: 1. This holiday season SHOP (RED) SAVE LIVES at the (SHOPATHON)RED. It runs through December – perfect for holiday gifting! Through December there are over 200 incredible products that fight AIDS. Go to www.red.org 2. Also as part of the (RED) SHOPATHON you can donate $10 for the chance to win incredible celebrity experiences at www.omaze.com/red - Go backstage VIP at The Late Late Show with James Corden, and Carpool Karaoke or be Richard Branson’s VIP guest at a mystery Virgin event or you could even have tea with Bono & Julia Roberts and tell them your problems, or have a private performance from U2 and so many more. 3. PLAY (RED). GIVE LIFE WITH GAMES FOR (RED) - AppStore.com/GamesForRED - Until Dec 6 the App Store’s got a fun way to join (RED) in the fight to end AIDS called Games For (RED). 20 games. 100% of the proceeds go directly to (RED)’s fight to end. Exclusively on iOS. There's something for everyone this World AIDS Day!
Andrew Ettinger
Andrew Ettinger@ettinger · 👟 @wearAtoms // ex @Twitter @ProductHunt
Do profit and purpose need to be an either / or?
Chrysi Philalithes
Chrysi Philalithes@chrysi · Chief Digital Strategist (RED)
@andrewett Thanks for the question! Absolutely not. We believe that companies that do good, do well. It's great seeing companies such as Warby Parker and Headspace grown and flourish.
Stuart Campbell
Stuart Campbell@rhizaboveit · CEO and Co-Founder of Rhiz
@chrysi @andrewett We're actually emulating Warby Parker's passive 3BL model with our app Rhiz, Inc. It's inspiring to see it done before you commit, to know you're on the right track. Awesome question
Stuart Campbell
Stuart Campbell@rhizaboveit · CEO and Co-Founder of Rhiz
@chrysi @biz any big/new initiatives for (Red) we can tweet out?
Chrysi Philalithes
Chrysi Philalithes@chrysi · Chief Digital Strategist (RED)
@rhizaboveit Thanks Stuart! There's lots! Follow @RED on Twitter and RT away!
Stuart Campbell
Stuart Campbell@rhizaboveit · CEO and Co-Founder of Rhiz
@chrysi @red @biz Done! Take care,
Aaron Durand
Aaron Durand@everydaydude
Hi Biz! My son is coming in just a couple weeks. What's your number one parenting tip?
Amrith Shanbhag
Amrith Shanbhag@amrith · Community at Product Hunt & Feathrd
@everydaydude congratulations :D
Justin Knoll
Justin Knoll@justin_knoll · Product obsessive.
@everydaydude Congrats. If possible, have twins, so that you can A/B test.
Smokie
Smokie@xtoq · Smokie Does Stuff
zoe finkel
zoe finkel@zoefinkel · Marketing lead, Jelly Industries
@everydaydude Super exciting! We miss you.
Chrysi Philalithes
Chrysi Philalithes@chrysi · Chief Digital Strategist (RED)
@everydaydude congrats!
Jacqueline von Tesmar
Jacqueline von Tesmar@jacqvon · Community at Product Hunt ⚡️
Hi Biz, What made you first get involved with (RED)? And what was it about them in particular made you want to be an ambassador?
Biz Stone
Biz Stone@biz · Co-founder and CEO
@jacqvon In 2006, I actually took the @red handle on Twitter because I LOVED the model, the approach to raising money. Later, when (RED) reached out because their handle was already taken, I was like, "I was hoping you'd contact me!) In 2009, I turned Twitter red for World AIDS DAY.
Chrysi Philalithes
Chrysi Philalithes@chrysi · Chief Digital Strategist (RED)
@jacqvon And we're SO glad he did! Thanks @biz!
Srini V Vasan
Srini V Vasan@svsrini · Founder, Connectimo
Hi Biz. Why does Twitter want to be acquired? Is there a lack of product vision to go at it alone? Can you really run 2 companies at the same time?
Mathias Boutin
Mathias Boutin@mathias_boutin · Ecrito
Hey Chrysi and Biz, What is, in your opinion, the next game-changing tech to hit the web?
Biz Stone
Biz Stone@biz · Co-founder and CEO
@mathias_boutin Right now, I'm feeling a paradigm shift in personal computing and the web. Google Home is changing the game. They have reached a point where Natural Language Processing (NLP) is good enough that we can talk to our computers and they can talk to us. I'd love to see a future where tech seems to disappear yet is always there when we need it. Another big game-changer is Magic Leap, a company I invested in. It's not VR, it's AR. So you put on glasses and see the world, but you also see other things. AMAZING things.
Chrysi Philalithes
Chrysi Philalithes@chrysi · Chief Digital Strategist (RED)
@biz @mathias_boutin I'm a huge fan of Deep Minds & Magic Leap. The whole AI / MR space. And blockchain. They are all changing the game.
Mathias Boutin
Mathias Boutin@mathias_boutin · Ecrito
@biz I've heard of Magic Leap, although they're pretty secretive about what they're working on. Consider me intrigued! Thanks for the answer and good luck in your future endeavours!
Mathias Boutin
Mathias Boutin@mathias_boutin · Ecrito
@chrysi Hadn't heard of DeepMing, but Magic Leap is a pretty intriguing product! Thanks for the answer, I'll check that out!
Shival Gupta
Shival Gupta@shivalgupta · Senior Software Engineer
Hi Biz, thanks for holding this session! I am very curious to know how Medium acquired its first users and built a base. Would you like to share?
Biz Stone
Biz Stone@biz · Co-founder and CEO
@shivalgupta We built a brand around quality, in some cases paying great writers to publish to Medium. Quality attracted quality and people started flocking to Medium because they knew there was good stuff there. Then we simplified the whole system and made it more widely available for anyone to express a thought or opinion. Now it's off to the races!
Shival Gupta
Shival Gupta@shivalgupta · Senior Software Engineer
@biz Thank you so much!
Jonathan Hairgrove
Jonathan Hairgrove@jmhairgrove · Founder, OTB.
Hey Biz, did you always have a desire to be involved in an impactful way in the world (humanitarian) and build your startups around that desire? Or once you had a lot of money the desire became more prevalent?
Biz Stone
Biz Stone@biz · Co-founder and CEO
@jmhairgrove I've always wanted to do good things. When I had no money (I grew up on welfare and was in debt most of my adult life) I did volunteer work. Now that I'm in a position to do more, I do. It's very satisfying.
Biz Stone
Biz Stone@biz · Co-founder and CEO
@jmhairgrove In fact, I enjoy helping people. The core of askjelly.com is, essentially, my personality scaled way up—how can we get people all over the world helping each other.
Smokie
Smokie@xtoq · Smokie Does Stuff
@biz Inspiring to those of us who are still in debt to know we can still be productive with the black mark of too little money hanging over our heads!
Robin Raszka
Robin Raszka@robinraszka · Founder of Facemoji
Hey Biz, thanks for doing this today. I really like Jelly and I want to use it more but I always google the query first, then quora, stackoverflow etc., how are you going to convert me to go jelly-first? Thanks
Biz Stone
Biz Stone@biz · Co-founder and CEO
@robinraszka Hi Robin, thanks for the kind words! The grand plan with Jelly is to go where the questions are. So, theoretically, you wouldn't have to come to us, we would come to you (like the #askjelly bot on Twitter). But for now, you could install one of our extensions and we'll be there right along with your web searches https://askjelly.com/extension/
Abeer Qamar
Abeer Qamar@abeer_qamar · Android developer
Hi, Biz I really admire your work my question is when will there be a genuine twitter bot?
Daveit Ferris
Daveit Ferris@daveitferris · Heartfuse
Why didn't you call 'Jelly', 'Telly'? ;)
Ziyad Al Obaidi
Ziyad Al Obaidi@ziyadalobaidi · I'm here to #makeItHappen
Hi Biz, thanks for taking the time to answer our questions! Most people come up with ideas that never see light outside of their minds; now having co-founded 3 successful companies, how did you decide to act on these ideas out of the many that you have probably thought of?
Biz Stone
Biz Stone@biz · Co-founder and CEO
@ziyadalobaidi The simple answer is, "Emotional Investment." Meaning, something I couldn't get out of my mind and no matter what people said, I wanted to see it exist. I also don't rely entirely on my own opinion. I run things by trusted friends.
Aaron  O'Leary
Aaron O'Leary@aaronoleary · Community @producthunt. Nontechtech
Hey Biz, any advice on overcoming doubt during the development of a start up?
Biz Stone
Biz Stone@biz · Co-founder and CEO
@aaronoleary It helps to be hallucinogenically optimistic like I am. I've actually written something on helping first time CEO's that might help. https://medium.com/the-biz-stone...
Aaron  O'Leary
Aaron O'Leary@aaronoleary · Community @producthunt. Nontechtech
@biz Thanks Biz! I'm going to read that post and try think like you when developing a business!
Pritish Sai
Pritish Sai@gravityasylum99 · CEO and Co-Founder at Aquamyst
Hi Biz. I have two questions for you. What would you say was your core strength when you were building companies with Ev Williams and Jack Dorsey ? Do you see yourself more as a designer, programmer, marketer or business head ?
Amrith Shanbhag
Amrith Shanbhag@amrith · Community at Product Hunt & Feathrd
@biz thanks for taking your time to answer our questions, big fan :) Where do you see Twitter five years from now, in general? And to stick to the topic, what can startups do to help (RED) in its mission? Thanks again!
Biz Stone
Biz Stone@biz · Co-founder and CEO
@ambonium It's funny, I was asked the question about Twitter in 5 years in 2006 and my answer was, "I hope people see Twitter not as a triumph of technology but a triumph of humanity." I still hold that close to my heart. Nowadays, I'd add that in 5 years, Twitter will be the most important go-to for live happenings. The place to find out what's happening NOW and the place to share what's happening NOW.
Biz Stone
Biz Stone@biz · Co-founder and CEO
@ambonium regarding startups helping (RED) in it's mission, getting involved early has a compound impact, the choices a startup make to help spread the word—like what Product Hunt is doing today, and finally, rethinking what success looks like. In other words, include in the definition of success, helping others such as (RED).
Eric
Eric@ericharr · Co-Founder, Imagine Ventures
Hey Biz, one of my favorite concepts (not just by you, but by anyone!) is what you call the "Bright Spots Theory." You talk about it in your book "THINGS A LiTTLE BIRD TOLD ME" which is our company manual (shameless plug: http://thingsalittlebirdtoldme.com). I have found that this theory applies to technology just as it does to life. It got me through a lot of super tough challenges. Would you share it here?
Paul Tomkinson
Paul Tomkinson@paultomkinson · Founder, Textras
Hey Biz, thanks for the chat. Do you think the cost structure of brand name drugs (used to treat diseases like AIDS) in 20 years will be dramatically different than it is today? If yes, how so?
Eric
Eric@ericharr · Co-Founder, Imagine Ventures
Hi Chrysi, what are the simplest and most impactful TWO things I could do for (RED) this month--and going forward? Thanks! P.S. Biz = Best (RED) Ambassador Ever
Chrysi Philalithes
Chrysi Philalithes@chrysi · Chief Digital Strategist (RED)
@ericharr Thanks for asking...I'm going to give you 3 and all of them with have GREAT impact. here are SO many fun and easy ways to get involved. Here are just 3: 1. This holiday season SHOP (RED) SAVE LIVES at the (SHOPATHON)RED. It runs through December – perfect for holiday gifting! Through December there are over 200 incredible products that fight AIDS. Go to www.red.org 2. Also as part of the (RED) SHOPATHON you can donate $10 for the chance to win incredible celebrity experiences at www.omaze.com/red - Go backstage VIP at The Late Late Show with James Corden, and Carpool Karaoke or be Richard Branson’s VIP guest at a mystery Virgin event or you could even have tea with Bono & Julia Roberts and tell them your problems, or have a private performance from U2 and so many more. 3. PLAY (RED). GIVE LIFE WITH GAMES FOR (RED) - AppStore.com/GamesForRED - Until Dec 6 the App Store’s got a fun way to join (RED) in the fight to end AIDS called Games For (RED). 20 games. 100% of the proceeds go directly to (RED)’s fight to end. Exclusively on iOS. There's something for everyone this World AIDS Day! And yes, Biz is INC(RED)IBLE! We are lucky to have him in the AIDS fight with us.
Paisano
Paisano@paisano · Applanta
Is there still a problem with education in developing countries where religious beliefs prevent the use of condoms for example which leads to the spread of AIDS in those regions? How do we explain how important this decision is for everyone there?
Smokie
Smokie@xtoq · Smokie Does Stuff
Hi Biz and Chrysi, thanks for being here! Love the questions so far. What do you think the role for remote workers will be in the design and development community in 5 years? Do you have any advice for those looking for remote work or businesses looking for remote workers?
Leo Sussan
Leo Sussan@lsussan · Director of Digital at Real
Hi Biz & Chrysi - thanks for doing this. Biz - I had no clue that you were behind Xanga too! The degree to which you & your teams have shaped digital discourse is nuts. Plenty of business-related questions, but I'll keep it relevant. This is for both Biz & Chrysi: The goal of this & other actions is to "spread the word" - but I'm curious what this means to you. The desired action you'd like us to take today is somewhat unclear. Beyond enhancing the brand recognition of RED, how does "spreading the word" on World AIDS Day benefit your operation? What word are you trying to spread, exactly? Thank you!
Biz Stone
Biz Stone@biz · Co-founder and CEO
@lsussan Yes, we’re boosting the (RED) brand. But by simply buying (RED), you are helping to end AIDS. It’s 30 cents a day for the medicine that saves lives—a HIV+ woman can have a perfectly healthy baby if she’s on these meds. Whole villages come back to life—literally but also geo-economically. (RED) is working. Shop Red, Save Lives my friend!
Leo Sussan
Leo Sussan@lsussan · Director of Digital at Real
@biz A different take on philanthropy. As opposed to educating people & creating longterm financial dedication for the long-term, the hope is that exposure to the (RED) brand either directly ("I want to help end AIDS") or indirectly ("This is a cool product, and I've seen that name somewhere...") drives purchase decisions in the short-term, which creates working capital for (RED). There's an interesting conversation to be had around the value & ethics of direct vs. indirect philanthropy, but I'll refrain. Thanks for answering my question!
Veer Mishra
Veer Mishra@veermishra0803 · Founder & Head of Business
My question is for both of you. "Although i am in love with twitter, but i somewhere believe that the attention graph at twitter is dying. Do you think AI and specifically NLP can solve this bit?" Thanks.
Paisano
Paisano@paisano · Applanta
What do you think of all the controversy that Twitter is experiencing regarding unfair censorship of conservative voices not just Alt Right extremists but many that haven't really done or said anything to justify being banned? It seems as if Twitter is finding it hard to be consistent and fair regardless of user politics and religion. Jack's personal preferences might be shining through?
FN8M
FN8M@fnmalakoi · Designer @ VidaLoba
Biz. Have you already any problems or troubles with your job mates? If yes, tell us about this
a
a@alifsajan · Software Engineer. Music Maker.
Hi Biz and Chrysi! My question is for both of you: Is there a way to present fleshed out ideas (approaching prototype) to either of you strictly in regards to philanthropy and connecting products to social causes - something more extensive than this chat?